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Latest Update: December 17, 2008

Next Update: 2009! Happy Holidays

If you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year. Click here for this week's gallery!


A number of fishermen have been braving wind and cold this week to get the fishing bug out of their shorts. The fishing in the middle and lower regions of the Chesapeake Bay for large striped Striped Bassbass has been excellent this week with cold temperatures and windy conditions being the only limiting factors in catching a trophy sized fish. Mitchell Cratty braved an 11-degree wind chill factor and 10-15 mph winds to fish Saturday with his dad and friends out of Solomon’s. Mitchell caught this 45” striped bass and is flanked by Dave Fischer and Greg Bivins.

The water temperature in the upper bay has now dipped below 40-degrees but is still holding in the low 40’s in the middle and lower bay regions. The good fishing is expected to last until the 31st with larger fish being caught all the time. Joseph Hedges Sr. from Annapolis caught a 60-pound striped bass on a charter boat out of the Solomons last weekend off of Cove Point; one can only imagine what that fish would have weighed in the spring.

There are a few hardy souls out there in the freshwater fishing community and they have been mostly focusing on walleyes in the upper Potomac and lower Susquehanna Rivers. It would be hard to find a more die-hard fisherman than Peter Schumacher of Laurel who sent in this short report and picture of one whopper of a largemouth bass.Largemouth Bass I found the big Rocky Gorge Largemouth biting despite the upper-30s water temps. Two 21-22" largemouth were caught and released by working a chart./silver/black bait slow across main-lake structure. In this case, an offshore rock pile in 16' and a main lake point at about 12'.

This will be our last series of fishing reports of the year and our entire staff at the Fisheries Service wishes you the happiest of holidays and a happy New Year. Look for the annual reports from all our biologists in the middle of January on their field activities from the 2008 season. Be sure to check out this week’s photo gallery for a collection of memories from the 2008 Maryland fishing year; which is dedicated to those family and young people that we take fishing.

Quote of the Week:

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please try to keep the file size small, under one megabyte. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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